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Male, US, born 1865-06-08, died 1947-06-17

Associated with the firms network

Nimmons, Carr and Wright Architects; Nimmons, George C., and Company, Architects

Professional History

Principal, George C. Nimmons and Company, Architects, Chicago, IL, c. 1922; Partner, Nimmons, Carr and Wright, Architects, Chicago, IL. Over his approximately 50-year career, Nimmons made a living producing department store and warehouse designs for his main client, Sears, Roebuck and Company (founded in Chicago in 1893) across the US. Nimmons made the plans for the grand residences of company co-founder Richard Warren Sears (1863–1914) and Julius Rosenwald (1862-1932) in the Chicago area. Rosenwald served in many capacities with the Sears and Roebuck Company, as an important early investor, Vice President and Treasurer (1895-1907) and President (1908-1924). Rosenwald resigned as President to devote himself to his numerous philanthropic interests. Aside from his close relations with Sears and Rosenwald, Nimmons's firm also designed industrial and office buildings for other corporate clients.

Nimmons joined the American Institute of Architects in 1905.

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA),


Born in OH, Nimmons lived with his family in Wooster, OH, a single-family residence on East Liberty Street in 1880. Nimmons lived with his wife, Justine, at 5211 Hibbard Avenue in Chicago, IL, in 1900; at this time, the household included George and Justine, their daughter, Marie, Justine's mother, Marie Wheeler (born 08/1842 in MI) and a 22-year-old servant, Annie Rourke (born 05/1888 in Ireland). George and Justine lived in an apartment together in 1910 on East 53rd Street in Chicago. The family continued to reside in Chicago, IL, in 1930, with a household that included daughter Nancy and a servant of Danish descent, Grace M. Jorgensen (born c. 1901 in WI). (Corrections to the Nimmons record and new information on Nimmons was shared with the author by family member Lois Gumz-Calisal on 09/22/2013. Thank you to Ms. Gumz-Calisal.) Nimmons and his wife were buried in the Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, IL.

His father, John Wesley Nimmons, (born c. 1835 in OH), worked as a traveling salesman in 1880; his mother, Rebecca Croll, (born c. 1841 in OH), kept house. John Nimmons's parents came from NJ (father) and NY. Rebecca's parents, John and Hannah Croll, were born in PA and lived with the Nimmons family in 1880. At this time, George's sister, Josephine, (born c. 1862 in OH), also lived at home and taught music.

Nimmons married Justine V. Wheeler (b. 05/28/1874 in Detroit, MI-d. 08/05/1946 in Chicago, IL), nine years his junior, on 04/27/1898 in Chicago, IL. Her father was George Wheeler was born in NY; her mother, Mary Vallee, was also born in MI. One of her grand-parents had been a French immigrant.

In 1900, Nimmons had had one child. His daughter, Marie J. Nimmons (born 01/1899 in IL) was 1-and-a-half when the 1900 U.S. Census was taken. A son, Paul Wesley Nimmons (1901-1912), appeared in the 1910 US Census. Another daughter, Nancy Nimmons Button (08/07/1917-07/19/2005), was 14 when the 1930 U.S. Census was done. She passed away on 07/19/2005 at Good Shepherd Hospital, Barrington, IL.

George, Justine and Nancy Nimmons sailed on the Cunard liner, Aquitania, from New York, NY, arriving in Southampton, UK, on 08/10/1926, The family returned on the Cunard line's S.S. Berengaria to New York via Cherbourg, France, between 10/23/1926-10/29/1926.

Associated Locations

  • Wooster, OH (Architect's Birth)
    Wooster, OH

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  • Chicago, IL (Architect's Death)
    Chicago, IL

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PCAD id: 1694